12 Reasons We Love Myanmar
Collected by Duncan Forgan, AFAR Local Expert
Many come to Myanmar hungry for a flavor of bygone Asia. In much of the country, life drifts along much as it has done for centuries. Local traditions and ways of life manifest all around. Examples include the Intha fisherman that ply the waters of Inle Lake, and the countrywide practice of the balletic ball game chinlone.
Bagan, Myanmar (Burma)
Pandaw river expeditions are atmospheric journeys more akin to a floating piece of history than a busy cruise ship. The grand replicas of colonial river steam ships are decked out with comfortable furnishings, finished with brass and teak and...
Inle Lake, Myanmar (Burma)
I arrive at Nyaung Shwe, Inle Lake’s main development, in the dead of night and immediately book myself into a boat tour of the lake, wondering aloud if the notorious Nayar, a mythical dragon with four legs, still patrols the waters. An old man...
Myeik, Myanmar (Burma)
Uncharted, Tropical Myanmar? Yes it does exist and it’s called the Myeik Archipelago, a cluster of 800 idyllic islands straight out of a fairytale book of your dreams. As the New York Times recently reported, this tropical archipelago -- which is...
Nyaung-U, Myanmar (Burma)
You do not want to miss this. We were lucky to be the only two individuals chosen from the standby list on the day we flew over Bagan. The experience is as cerebral as it is exhilarating. The company that operates Balloons Over Bagan makes the...
27St, ဗိုလ်ချုပ်လမ်း, ရန်ကုန်, Myanmar (Burma)
Also known as Scott Market, has colonial building which easily can found germs, art craft, textiles as well as Myanmar's traditional souvenirs, open from Tuesday to Sunday, and shut off on Monday as most public tourists spot around Yangon. Never...
Pyay Lan (West) Ward, Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
In a modern, air-conditioned space that is welcoming to foreigners, Feel serves an astounding variety of traditional Burmese food, from curries and some of Yangon’s best mohinga (the national fish noodle soup) to snake beans served with dried...
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
As the diner is to the US and the pub is to the UK, so the teahouse is to Myanmar. Gathering spaces serving up steaming hot tea and snacks such as samosas, tea leaf salads and paratha can be found throughout the country. Most are simple places,...
Yangon, Myanmar (Burma)
Nobody would argue that British colonialism was benign. However, Yangon's array of magnificent (if crumbling) buildings are testament to the key role played by Myanmar's largest city in the British Empire. Although some of the buildings are in a...
Gokhteik, Myanmar (Burma)
The British-built trains in Myanmar are certainly not among the world's most advanced, but they make for a wonderfully leisurely way of experiencing some of the loveliest parts of the nation. One of the most memorable rides is the one between...
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